A clash between suspected members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra and Hausas in Obigbo, Rivers State on Tuesday claimed no fewer than four lives.
A mosque and several houses were also burnt in the clash.
Metrostarng learnt that trouble began when an argument ensued between some Northerners and Igbo traders over the justification for President Muhammadu Buhari’s deployment of troops to quell the agitation for a separatist State of Biafra.
The argument soon degenerated into an exchange of fisticuffs and the use of offensive weapons.
Before long, some buildings were set ablaze while shops and stalls were hurriedly shut as traders fled to safety.
Soldiers were deployed in the market and shot sporadically to disperse the combatants.
It was learnt that the police arrested three Obigbo youths, namely: -Emeka Solomon, Okechukwu and Ndifreke Jeremiah – over the incident.
While Okechukwu was taken to the State CID, the others were kept in Obigbo police station.
There are fears that the situation may degenerate as IPOB members have rolled out onto the streets across the South-East, burning tyres and calling for weapons to commence a full-blown armed struggle.
Across social media, angry Igbo youths called on IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to give them the order to commence a full-blown armed struggle.
In May, Oyigbo youths allegedly killed two Fulani herders in a reported reprisal attack.
Fulani herders had reportedly killed a farmer after he asked them to take their cows away from his farmland.
Governor Nyesom Wike, who visited the town after the clash, had called for peaceful coexistence among the people of the area.
Attempts to obtain comments from the spokesperson for the state police command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni (DSP), were not successful.